Integrative Health Blog

Improve Your Immune System Health to Fight Virus

Posted by on Wed, Apr 15, 2020

We are ALL concerned about how exposure to coronavirus could adversely affect the health of ourselves and our loved ones. We want to know:

  • Am I at high risk for COVID-19?

  • Is my immune system strong enough?

  • What can I do at home to remain healthy while social distancing?

  • What should I be eating?

  • Are there certain vitamins or minerals that may help?

The key to who gets sick and who does not lies in the strength of their immune system. The healthier you are, the better chance you have at fighting the Coronavirus. To combat coronavirus, or any flu or cold or virus, we must first support the immune system.

But how do we do this?

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Tags: flu, immune system, functional medicine, virus

Should You Get the Flu Vaccine?

Posted by on Wed, Oct 30, 2013

Mark McClure DDS

The flu season is here and the flu vaccine will soon be all over the media marketing to everyone to get your flu vaccine. Your doctor, the neighborhood pharmacist, the school nurse and others will be armed with needles and flu vaccines eager to inject. The pressure to get the flu vaccine at home and work places will be great. For the elderly, it may be put as potentially life and death. But what are the facts and what can you do to prevent or minimize the flu symptoms naturally?

Our experience is the flu shot is not harmless. For some of our patients, their chronic health problems started with a simple flu shot. There are two issues involved:

  1. Do I want to get vaccinated?
  2. What can I do to prevent or mitigate the flu if I get sick?

Educate Yourself and Make an Informed Decision on Vaccination

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Tags: natural options, flu, vaccinations

Learn the Secrets of Those Who Don't Get Sick

Posted by on Wed, Jan 16, 2013

A strong immune system is more resistant to germs.

Here are some tips for boosting immunity and proper hygiene to ward off flu and colds:

1. Frequent HAND WASHING  with hot, soapy water. It is the single most important thing you can do to prevent the spread of virus.

2. Cough or sneeze into a tissue and immediately throw the tissue away, or use the the "crook" of your arm to cover your mouth.

3. Cut down on sugar. It suppresses the immune system.

4. Aim for an alkaline condition in the gut. Eat fresh vegetables and fruits, sprouts, nuts and seeds, quinoa. Sugar, starches, coffee, sodas and meat contribute to an acidic environment and bacteria and viruses can grow quickly.

5. Drink plenty of fluids. Warm teas and pure water help flush out your system. Start your day with a glass of water with the juice of a lemon or a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to help alkalize your system.

6. Include fresh garlic into your diet on a daily basis.
It is antiviral, antibacterial, anti-parasitical and anti-fungal.

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Tags: flu, vitamins and minerals, immune system, integrative health, virus

Flu and Virus Prevention: How to Stay Healthy When Others Get Sick

Posted by on Wed, Nov 10, 2010

Flu season is upon us again.

Many believe that this season has become more worrisome because of the H1N1 swine flu that we have heard so much about. In June 2009 the World Health Organization declared a pandemic. However, a pandemic does not mean that the virus is more deadly. It simply means that it has spread further throughout the world. The response to this pandemic resulted in the rapid development of the swine flu vaccine.

We at NIHA share these concerns and want to provide our community with effective prevention measures to stay healthy, including potent strategies of regaining your health rapidly should you fall sick.

Educate yourself and implement these effective and powerful health tactics into your life. Check out the recommended product list below and make sure you are ready for flu and cold season.

The Art of Staying Healthy When Others Get Sick

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Tags: flu, immune system, integrative health, holistic approach, integrative medicine, virus

Holistic doctor recommends ways to avoid the flu

Posted by on Tue, May 05, 2009

The recent outbreak of swine flu has alarmed people across the nation.

What should you do?

From an integrative medicine perspective, you should always be mindful of your health and the actions you take to promote daily healthy living.
Holistic and integrative doctors treat the whole body and therefore take a integrated approach to healthy living and treatment of disease. To live a healthier life and avoid outbreaks such as swine flu, colds, and virus there are some natural health guidelines that can help:


COMMON SENSE HYGIENE

Wash your hands! Use hot water and a simple soap. Flu and cold germs can be transmitted via germs on hands, doorknobs, computer keyboards, etc. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Swine flu is transmitted via respiratory fluids from coughing and sneezing, so wash up if you are exposed to someone.


SUPPORT YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

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Tags: natural options, flu, immune system, integrative doctor, holistic doctor